Good Friday

Hey Mom, why do they call it Good Friday?

Kids have a lot of questions about Easter. For that matter, so do most of their parents. The Easter story is a tough story to tell kids. I used to…


Having fun is an act of hope

One of my goals this past year was to have more fun.  I am pragmatic to a fault, so I confess, I had to put “fun” on my to-do list. As I write, I can…


5 Tips for avoiding Mother’s Day Disappointment

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY WEEK! So…it’s safe to assume that we’re all focused on taking care of our own Moms this week, right? We’re reminiscing about…


Wishing you an Un-Hallmark Mother’s Day

I reserve the right to gripe just a bit about Mother’s Day. Woodrow Wilson wasn’t thinking of preachers’ wives when he signed a bill making the…


The only hope in parenting

The only hope for parenting

Our kids don’t always follow the script we’ve written for them. The truth is, in parenting we don't always follow our own scripts. We hope things…


Middle school romance survival guide

For me, it was Chase. My first Middle School crush, straight out of a romance novel: curly locks, football muscles, bad boy attitude, and the ability…


The hands of Jesus

“Jesus reached out his hand . . . .” I’ve been reading through the gospels the past few weeks, preparing for Holy Week and Easter. This is my annual…


‘Meet them with Jesus’: Responding Biblically to Our Kids’ Problems

When people ask me what’s the best parenting advice I’ve been given, I never know what to say because I have the amazing privilege of hearing so…


These Are Some Good Times

Trace Adkins has a popular song titled “You’re Gonna Miss This.” It talks about wishing away certain things in life that actually end up being the…